Even organizations that are well managed can be unexpectedly hit with water damage. The risk of water damage is always apparent for businesses located in low lying areas where flooding is common. A flood can destroy the premises, furniture and computer files. Failure to adequately recover from such a disaster could completely ruin your business. The repair of the premises and recovery of the business must begin in earnest as soon as possible. Delays will only increase the damage and may even lead to the structural integrity of the building being compromised.
In the United States, water damage is one of the most common reasons why people make insurance claims. Hopefully, you have had the foresight to purchase the requisite insurance as recovering from water damage is an expensive process. Report the damage to the insurance company immediately and they will send out an agent to inspect the business. You need photographic and preferably video evidence of the water damage. As soon as it is safe to do so, document the damage before beginning the process of removing the water from your building. Write down a list of things that have been damaged and include documents such as receipts of repairs, a complete water damage report and cost estimates in your correspondence with the insurance company.
Speed is off the essence when it comes to clearing the water. Some businesses may try and save money by clearing the place themselves but this is not a good idea. It is a huge amount of work and may involve shutting down electrical outlets. It can be a dangerous job so seek the help of professionals. Hopefully, your insurance company will have recommended a water damage cleanup company. The longer it takes to begin the cleaning process, the more damage that will be caused. Mold absolutely thrives in water damaged buildings because it loves excess moisture. It is possible to save furniture and carpets from water damage by using a dehumidifier to dry the items as soon as possible. Once dry, the items should be treated and cleaned thoroughly.
Arguably the biggest problem water damaged businesses face is that of data recovery. Organizations that use online backup and have their files backed up in the cloud have little to worry about because it is easy to recover the data from the backup provider’s remote servers. Some companies use advanced techniques which may recover data from water damaged hard disk drives. It’s important not to try and recovery the data yourself as this could completely destroy the disk. Resist the temptation of drying the hard drive disk as this could contaminate the hard disk’s platter. Instead, keep the hard disk drive in a sealed container while it is still wet. This will prevent the disk drive from corroding and allow the data recovery team to retrieve your information.
As long as you have insurance and the means of recovering your vital data (if it has not already been backed up), your business can recover from fire damage relatively quickly. The important thing is to act fast for the sake of your company.
Use a Greenwood water clean up service to get you back up and running quickly.